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Understanding the Role of Print Quality in Perceived Printer Quality

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As difficult as it may be for the imaging science community to accept, there is more to perceived color printer quality than print quality. For a moment, place the magnifying loupe aside and check the colorimeter at the door – this paper takes a look at the bigger picture. Several other attributes influence the likelihood a potential customer will select one printer over another. The following paragraphs discuss a set of attributes that more completely characterize overall printer quality. Attributes considered relate to print quality, cost, speed, and reliability. Printers used in the experiment span the technologies commonly found in the business color printing market: electrophotographic, solid ink, and drop-on-demand ink jet. Psychometric evaluation methods are employed both to quantify the print quality of test samples as well as to develop the relationships between the chosen attributes. Examples are given of how such an understanding of these interrelationships may provide guidance in making trade-offs during the design process. In conclusion, the authors highlight their estimate of the importance of print quality to printer purchase likelihood.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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